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Focus Peaking

Discussion in 'Open Gear Talk' started by kyteflyer, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I've seen this mentioned from time to time in various threads, but am unable to remember which current cameras actually have it.

    Can anyone make a definitive list here? All I can remember is that the K-01 has it. I was just thinking its probably an incredibly useful feature on cameras lacking a VF.
     
  2. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    - Sony NEX (all models)
    - Ricoh GXR M Module
     
  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Thanks, Nic. Somehow I thought more manufacturers would have it.
     
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Pentax K01 also has it, I think.
     
  5. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    Armanius is correct, the K-01 has focus peaking. From the video I've seen on the Pentax site (third > bullet point on the right under Newson interview and Brochure) it looks similar to what was implemented on the Sony, perhaps a little stronger indicator than the GXR's "Mode 1".

    The GXR has two focus assist modes. Mode 2 is quite unlike anything on the NEX or K-01, turning the scene into a low contrast grey representation except for the plane of focus which gets an edge highlight. For sci-fi movie fans think of it as a monochrome "Predator" mode. Some hate it, some love it. I've mostly used Mode 2 on the GXR although I'm giving Mode 1 a go now that I'm thoroughly immersed in the camera to see if I am missing anything.

    When I first started shooting the GXR I felt I was nailing focus more often than with the NEX but now I'm not so sure. It may be that I was just more and more fluent with using manual focus lenses on cameras with focus peaking.
     
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  6. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    I like Mode 2 on the GXR-M too. But I felt that it was easier to nail focus with the NEX's peaking than with either Mode 1 or 2 on the GXR.
     
  7. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Yes, I said that in my original post :p
     
  8. adanac

    adanac SC Veteran

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    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    kyteflyer, apparently neither Armanius or I read your post carefully.

    I wonder if the higher resolution EVF had anything to do with that?

    I still find focusing a rangefinder camera, with most lenses, is faster and more accurate but focus peaking comes close, and certainly bests the rangefinder in some conditions such as lenses having focus shift, macro and very long lenses. And I can't complain about the price either.

    DSLRs with manual focus aides presumably use phase not contrast detection technology. I wonder if we'll ever see anything like that for mirrorless compacts?
     
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  9. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Oopst! I do that to my girlfriend too! Sorry!
     
  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    and
    Consider yourselves well and truly slapped. Sigh... Men!
     
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  11. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin SC Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Nic
    I read your post, lol!
     
  12. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    :crying:
     
  13. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    awww... poor Antonio :(

    :biggrin:

    In the meantime, I think I want something with focus peaking. Am I going to cave and get a K-01? arghhh.
     
  14. texascbx

    texascbx SC Veteran

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Canton Texas
    Ricky
    My A77 has it. I use it a lot.
     
  15. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    Who's Antonio?
     
  16. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    OH Gawd. Now *I* need slapping!! sorry Armando :(
     
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  17. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    There. I knew there had to be more. Thanks :)

    Is Sony putting it in all their cameras now, I wonder.
     
  18. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Jack
    LOL! It's not a big deal! I was amused. :)
     
  19. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Just wanted to let you know, Sue, that my K-01 has focus peaking.
     
  20. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Is there a tongue in cheek there? If not, *slap*!